By Josie Stewart, ’21

New York Times bestselling author Brendan Kiely visited UAHS on Oct. 26.

Kiely has written Tradition, The Last True Love Story, The Gospel of Winter and co-wrote All American Boys with Jason Reynolds.

All American Boys, a common novel in freshman English classes, is a novel exploring racial prejudice through two teenage boys.

Kiely worked with students in one-on-one workshops during 1st and 2nd period while offering his writing wisdom and personal experiences to 3rd period students in a lecture.

In this 3rd period speech, Kiely shared memories from his childhood, an explanation for why he writes and many stories of social issues which he experienced growing up near Boston.

His four books have been published in many languages receiving a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award.

As found in his books and during the speech to UAHS students, Kiely writes books for many social issues he notices in society. The focus of All American Boys is racism while The Gospel of Winter drew inspiration from abuse in the Catholic church and discusses community.

Kiely’s most recent book is entitled Tradition, published in April 2018, and focuses on expectations for genders.